Saturday, July 19, 2014

Comfort Farm - A Jamaican farm for the Future

MY land has a rich agricultural history from being a sugar plantation for decades to planting everything from pineapples to cocoa, potatoes, bananas almost everything you can think of was planted on that land over many decades and all of that history has gone into the making of the soil especially the burning and decomposition of sugar cane which is rich in various minerals and many other nitrogen fixing plants. So a section of land was left to the mercy of nature to see how it would naturally evolve overtime. A very big part of Permaculture is to understand the natural environment so one could identify the positives and the negatives, the beneficial and the non-beneficial that make up the ecological system and to observe how it affects the development of the land over time. Nature knows best and is the perfect teacher if we take the time to observe, learn and respect it.

Dense Food Forest, almost impossible to walk through
Looking from the outside at the forested area that was left to the mercy of nature, one just sees a thick jungle canopy, a bush land but it is not until you enter the middle of that forested area, finding a nice comfy spot, sit quietly and observe, that you realize just how wonderful and powerful the natural world can be. The first thing that impressed upon me was just how alive this area was, filled with various birds and insects going about their daily business, doing what they do best. It takes a while for your eyes to adjust to your surroundings as the brain begins to identify the various plants and animal life, the patterns that exist and their inter-connectivity and inter-dependency, all of which comes together to define this unique area. I really love nature, there is nothing like the natural world.

Two Independent natural Off the Grid Source of Water
During the dry season, it trickles, during normal times it flows and during the rainy season as they say "the river come down" but it is never, ever dry.
Another thing that impressed me was that the forested area that was left to the mercy of nature was full of "food", a variety of food that no one planted. That area had enough different types of food to supply a farmers market or market food stalls. One could easily full ones belly without having to do huge amount of work, apart from reaching out and picking from the branches or pulling food from the soil and it was all free, because no human work went into the process, the area was not maintained. It seems seeds that were below the soil for decades, some brought to the location from all around by birds and insects germinated, sprang to life and bear fruit.

Organic Farming and Self-Sufficiency

Everything that was anything was growing in that forested area from pineapple, Otaheite apple, cocoa, yam, pumpkin, oranges, breadfruit, mangoes, guinep, ackee, plums, star apple, bananas, jack fruits just to name a “few” and again no human work went into that process, I had nothing to do with it. Another thing that got me was the natural Vertical development of the land, from the food producing canopy layer such as mangoes and ackees, to the small bushes with berries and fruits like apple and oranges, right down to the ground layer with pineapples, everything seems to find the right position and location, they all seem to occupy the same physical space and still thrive.

I sat there and marveled at life, listening to the wind as it blew through the trees and listening to birds then came to the conclusion that life is good! Not because of money or wealth but because it was peaceful. I have grown to dislike this murdering chaotic world and here I was alive and away from that murdering chaotic world... I had found my happy place.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Americans will never like Football (soccer)?

Dear Merka, how are you doing? I sure hope all is well with you.

Sarah Palin says you are a Terrorist Lover because you like Football..
I just wanted to drop you a line, to let you know that I am sick and tired of your constant bitching, whining, moaning and groaning about “Why Americans will never like football (soccer)”. It seems every blasted time the World Cup is on, you Muppets feel the need to take to social media and the news media to bombard the rest of the football loving planet with your spam like articles telling us “Why Americans will not like football (soccer)”. It seems that you really think that the rest of this planet actually gives a damn if the USA like or does not like football (soccer).

I would like to inform you, in case you do not already know that we the football playing people of planet earth "well at least myself and almost everyone I know", do not care if you like or dislike football (soccer). As a matter of fact what you like or dislike is irrelevant to us, Americans do not validate or bring any additional credibility to the “Beautiful Game” of football (soccer) so why then are you constantly bitching and griping about it to us? If you do not like it then do not watch it or even play it.

Sarah Palin's says This person is Anti-American and love Terrorist because she likes Football.
Throughout this 2014 World Cup campaign my Facebook wall was bombarded with articles after articles declaring that “Americans Don't Love Soccer”. Then that brainless all-American idiot Sarah Palin decided to add her two cents to the debate, making statements like “American soccer fans love terrorists“, “Soccer is Un-American” and “Only Immigrants watch Soccer”.

Then it was that zombie like Eva Braun of the Republican Party, Ann Coulter turn to have her anti-soccer go: "Real Americans hate soccer, No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer"
Ann Coulter: Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay
A quick internet search showed pages after pages of articles all declaring that Americans do not like soccer but for a sport you do not like you certainly seem very obsessed with it. If I do not like something then I never give it the light of day, I go about my business as if it does not exist. For example there is not one American Sports that I can say I like, simply because when it comes to sports, I have a very short attention span of about, let’s say around 90 minutes, which for me equates to about 4 pints of Real Ale not that watered down rubbish you Muppet drink. Normally two in the first half and two in the second and as such I could never watch one of your 3 to 4 hours event with back to back commercials (there is nothing I hate more than commercials), not to mention your sporting event with a halftime concern that seems way more important that the blasted game itself plus I would never actually write an entire article declaring why the world will never like an American sports simply because I do not care what other people or other countries like.

Ann Coulter: nation's moral decay

Socialistic Offside Rule Ensures Americans Will Never Catch Soccer Fever - breitbart
Soccer Will Never Be a Slam Dunk in America - Time
Soccer Will Never be a Dominant Sport in America - Creators
5 Reasons Americans Dislike Soccer |
Will America still care about soccer after the U.S. gets knocked out? - usatoday
Who's Afraid of Soccer in America? - Newsweek
US will never love soccer? - cbssport
Why soccer will never come home to the U.S. -
Top 10 Reasons Why Soccer Will NEVER be Popular in the US - bleacherreport
Why Soccer Is Un-American

Another thing, why spend so much money to broadcast World Cup only to have your commentators constantly bitch and moan about every aspect of the game. They complained non-stop about the weather, they complained non-stop about the need for water breaks, and then they complained about the use of penalty to end a match, saying they should play the match again on another day until someone wins. They have been complaining about the need for goal like technology which was implemented for the 2014 World Cup but was not needed but that did not stop them from broadcasting the goal that even a blind man could see went across the line and into the net from the point of view of the goal line technology, it was over kill but you still had the need to prove to us that if it was one of those did-it or didn't-it go in goals the tech would work. 

An idiot commentator on an American channel expressed his disappointment and dislike of the world cup trophy. He stated that for such a big event it should have a big trophy…. He obviously knows the price of everything and the true value of absolutely nothing…. Even if the trophy was a dried up piece of cow shit, it is the accomplishment of winning the title as the world’s number one that is of value… But these days, if it is not bling then it must have no value… 203 countries entered the world cup and there can be Only One!!

Processed Cheesy Products! 
Almost everything that Americans complain about and demanded was designed to extend to the playing time of the match so they can sell more commercial time, during one water break ESPN was able to sell that slot with back to back mini-commercials. Why would anyone want fat money grubbing corporation executives who knows nothing about the sport and have lost all ability to enjoy anything it is pure form, to dictate how their game is played.  That is why you all end up sitting in front of the television stuffing your fat asses with GMO processed food.

One person declared that “There's only one real reason why soccer might not make it in the US. No time for commercial breaks on TV. It's a money loser. No TV, it dies on the vine”…. Now I am confused by this  because I hate commercials and I thought everyone else hated it too since it got in the way of your entertainment, so saying it will not make it in America without commercial breaks tells me that as a people you are sick in the bloody head. If you need commercials breaks to make a sport enjoyable and popular, you certainly drank the Corporation Kool-Aid. Maybe Americans like commercials because it gives them more chances to get more processed cheesy products to stuff their faces... I just don't know.

203 countries entered the 2014 FIFA World Cup, so you can keep your “World Series” which is just you and 1 team from Canada, if I am not mistaking. In a couple months all these 203 countries will start the 2018 World Cup Qualification process all over again, with everyone trying to make it to the final 32 in 2018 and if the USA do not like football (soccer) then they should drop out, stop complaining and make it 202. You will not be missed because football (soccer) is number one in almost every country on the face of this planet and that is without the back to back commercial breaks for bloodsucking corporations, ...imagine that.

I was able to attend a couple New York Red Bull MLS matches a few years ago but left disappointed having attended Premiere League matches in the UK and matches in Jamaica. MLS was a boring experience for me, there was one organized cheering section that the TV cameras focused on to provide a sense of atmosphere to the TV viewers at home and that was a tiny part of the stadium, no singing, no cheering by the rest of the stadium who just sat around stuffing their fat faces with processed cheesy products and watered down beer, there was no passion, no love for the club and the players.

My friends and I tried to get the singing and cheering going, "Who are you! Who are you but there was no home and away sections and people with their mouths stuffed with processed cheesy products just looked at us funny. I also went to a NY Knicks and a NY Yankee game but was bored out of my frigging skull on both occasions and left very early, I think after about 90 minutes since there was more standing around than playing. If real world class footy is failing in America then it is your own damn fault because you are trying to convert Football into baseball or "American Football/Rugby", real footy is a passionate, free spirited Animal... Another thing I hate is that you have a static league, no 3-up and 3-down, the same blasted clubs every single year, no giant killers, no under dogs to turn the establishment upside down... boring!!!

Now do not get me wrong, I do not mind the United States joining the party and having fun, the more the merrier, all is welcome. At one point during the 2014 World cup I was actually happy for and rooting for the USA because I like it when the underdogs make a real fight of it and turn the establishment upside down but then I started listening to and reading your anti-football chatter and it turned me off to no end, amazingly even when you had pro-football chatter it came across as anti-football, after which I wanted the USA out of the World Cup, “exist stage left”, anything to stop your good vibes killing chatter. Why is America so insecure, it is like, if you like football then you may lose your soul, you may stop being an American. Why are you afraid to embrace the planet?

Ian Darke and Steve McManaman on @ESPNFC are the worse Football commentators known to man and in the history of all sports. Listening to these two is like watching an episode of “One foot In the Grave” They are the Victor Meldrew of Football Commentating… Constantly complaining, whining, Whinging, moan and groaning, the quintessential miserable Brits.

Now here is a true American sport, as American as apple pie, something Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter would embrace… Hot Dog eating Contest

MLS Attendance Up 6% Before World Cup Break; Toronto FC Up 18% At BMO Field

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When Dog have money, him buy cheese!!

As we all know this Government went to the IMF and borrowed US$800 Million, then they went to the Bond market and borrowed an additional US$800 Million, this coupled with the US$850 plus million the last Government borrowed. This PNP Government then decided to add some US$200 Million to prop up the NIR, which I willing to accept since it supposedly represents putting aside money for a rainy day, yeah right (lol). Jamaica’s national debt now stands at just over $2 Trillion Jamaican dollars.

But I am NOT willing to accept the fact that the Government and BOJ decided to pump money into the foreign exchange market so that Jamaicans can use it to buy Brazilian weave and Butch Stewart's son can import expensive luxury automobiles along with the loads of rubbish we import that undermines local production… Instead of using the borrowed money to stimulate the exporting sectors, stimulate the agricultural and manufacturing sector the Government decided to prop up the exchange rate, something I am 100% against. There is a saying that goes “when Dog have money him buy cheese” and what is happening here is a perfect example, the Jamaican government lacks the discipline to stick to the plot, propping up the exchange rate is a feel good, populous move that I am totally against… THIS GOVERNMENT IS A DAMN IDIOT FOR PUMPING BORROWED MONEY INTO THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET...

Most people have the notion that when exchange rate is low our fictional “Jamaican Industrial Complex” will kick in and grow the production sector sending our GDP sky high but I have years of history on my side and it states otherwise. IMF gave Jamaica a loan in 2010 and we imported US$5,226,763.00 and exported US$1,337,372.00, in 2011 during the election year we went to town with the money and imported US$6,614,757.00 and exported just US$1,624,298.00 and back in 2008 we had a jolly old time importing US$8,162,874.00 and exporting US$2,496,156.00. The Jamaican history will show that when the exchange rate is low dog buy cheese! Because Jamaicans do not produce more, they produce less and import even beef patty when we have 2 or 3 patty shops on every street…

It is official, the Opposition spokesman on finance Hon. Audley Shaw is a proper idiot... His only Policy is to Borrow and Prop up the foreign exchange rate and I swear Mr. Shaw must be in the business of Import, Wholesale or retailing of consumer goods or he is personally profiting from it in some way... But what can we expect from a man who declared in 2008 that the Global Recession will not affect Jamaica and in fact will help Jamaica and predicted that the Jamaican economy will grow 2% to 3% over the next fiscal year as a result of a worldwide Global Recession, only for the Jamaican economy to buckle under the recession that was not going to affect us and shrink with GDP contraction of -0.915% in 2008, -3.046% in 2009, -1.217% in 2010, only to achieve marginal and mediocre growth of +1.3 in 2011. Then he had the balls to turn around and blame the recession he said was not going to affect us.... Man-A-Yard is the village idiot! What he did was like the American babe Ruth who pointed to the spot before hitting a home run but in Mr. Shaw’s case he strikeout or as we say in cricket “Ducks”…

Throwing borrowed money into the exchange rate market to prop up the dollar and thinking it is going to stimulate growth, is like trying to kill a fly in your house with a ballistic missile or a tank and in Jamaica’s case it is like throwing pearls before swine. This will not have the effect you think it will, this will not stimulate growth but unleash Jamaica’s Consumer Goods Import Complex, not the industrial complex. Every Jamaican Government have tried to stabilize exchange rate by borrowing money at high exchange rates, pump it into the exchange market and prop up the exchange rates. We have been doing that for a long time now and yet we are no better off today than we were yesterday.A better option would be to work one on one with the local manufacturing, agricultural and exporting sectors, trying to reduce the shock of the exchange rate changes as the dollar finds its own level, this is what borrowed money should be used for, to promote development not facilitate imports of garbage. Summer is upon us so get ready for mass import of Hennessey and SKYY Vodka for the festive season because that is how we roll. Borrowing money to prop up the exchange rate is not sustainable, the amount of foreign exchange required to keep Jamaican in the lavish lifestyle they have become accustomed to is very large and they are not earning a fraction of that. It was reported that the Government pumped a borrowed amount of US$60 Million into the market which resulted in a 3 cents temporary revaluation of the Jamaican dollar and I am almost certain that Jamaica does not earn US$60 Million in a day but we can sure spend 10 times that given the chance.   It was also reported that pumping US$60 Million into the market would prevent disorder but as far as I am concern pumping borrowed money into the market is the very definition of disorder and  the definition of market order would be to allow the Jamaican dollar like dirty, gutter water to find its own level…

I am happy to report that the dollar as resumed its devaluation course after the setback of the past couple days when the excess US$60 million that we did not earn and was pumped into the market, evaporated like Bay Rum on my forehead when I had dengue fever as a child (or Kananga Water) and now we are back to sucking fumes. So what will the Government do next, will it pump another US$60 million in into the market or use the money to invest wisely? We borrowed US$800,000,000.00 from the bond market and at a rate of pumping in US$60 million in per week, I estimate that we can blow the entire US$800,000,000.00 in about 13 weeks or less… So I suspect a lot of Brazilians will be walking around bald and a lot of Jamaicans will be walking around in long flowing hair…